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WCCF Community Grants are intended to support ongoing and changing community needs in Waukesha County and the region. Our grants support organizations focused on Education, Arts and Culture, Health & Human Services, and Environment & Conservation, and are awarded after an extensive review and evaluation process by the Foundation’s Grant Review Committee.

Application cycle & process

The annual community grants cycle opens in early July. The grant application process begins with the creation of an online account and submission of a Letter of Intent via our website. Organizations cannot receive WCCF community grant funding in consecutive years. 

Letters of Intent must be submitted through the website by August 1 of each year.

All submissions must be completed online; paper submissions will not be accepted.  Once submitted, applicants will receive an email verifying receipt of the Letter of Intent. 

Letters of Intent are then reviewed by the Committee to determine if a full proposal is of interest. Full proposals must seek support for the purpose stated in the approved letter of intent.

Full proposals are reviewed by the Committee and presented to the Board for action. All organizations submitting full proposals will receive an email notification of the Board’s decision during the fourth quarter of each year, with approved grants being awarded in early November.

Ready to apply?

We offer two grant programs: WCCF Competitive Grants, and Carl J. & Audrey Z. Patrinos Charitable Endowment Fund Grants. Both grant programs can be applied for online using the link below.

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2020 Grants

2020 Grants Awarded

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